Season of Bangla Drama

London theatre news: Thursday 10 November 2016

Drama - Multi-art - Multi-venue

Dance, drama, music, comedy and tragedy will all play a part in this November's much lauded, unique, annual drama festival from Tower Hamlets Council.

A number of venues across the borough of Tower Hamlets will play host to 16 theatrical productions as part of this year's Season of Bangla Drama.

This assorted treasure trove of plays and dance dramas maintains some traditional genres and titles but has universal themes and a contemporary twist in a bid to overcome language barriers and reach new audiences.

Displacement and identity, the difference between genders and generations with some temporal shifts between ‘then and now’, young people providing colour and lighthearted relief through a Tagore interpretation, but also the harrowing tale of Hiroshima, recurring themes such as the dangers of radicalisation, and an exploration through 2 plays of whether cost cutting of human life takes priority with both the NHS and multi-national corporations.

Bribery, selfishness, hypocrisy and prejudice are showcased both on the streets of East London, Birmingham and in the rural homeland of Bangladesh from a bygone era.

Asian stereotypes, are challenged in positive ways and the impact of social media, the 1971 war and childhood marriage are all brought to the fore.

The main programme of performances is to be supplemented by a fringe programme of talks, walks and exhibitions.

See details here.

Abstract and immediate, whimsical and topical, this promises to be a buoyant and thought provoking season.

You can download the full programme and book tickets here.

Shows at The Space

The Space once again partners with Tower Hamlets Council as one of the many arts venues hosting performance events for the annual Season of Bangla Drama.

The Invention of Shoes and Truly Untold will run at the Space from 22 to 26 November, contributing to the venue’s overall programme as part of their Autumn/Winter Season.

The Invention of Shoes is a family-friendly retelling of the original poem Juta-abiskar by Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-European prize winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The famous story tells the tale of King Hobu, who discovers a speck of mud on his feet and commands his minister to rid the country of dirt in three days.

Presented by Jumble Abode, the show fuses puppetry and theatre to create a world full of vibrant characters and landscapes.

Later in the week, the venue will play host to The Filim Company, a mix-media production company specializing in creating engaging shows with a strong social narrative.

The company have been a recurring fixture at the Space during past festivals, presenting Highly Unlikely in 2014 and Always Unfinished last year.

New show Truly Untold tells the story of four friends reunited at a school reunion, exploring how past choices can affect future legacies.


Various across the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

The Space

269 Westferry Road

London E14 3RS


Bangla season: 3 to 27 November 2016

The Space - The Invention of Shoes runs 22-23 November at 7.30pm.

The Space - Truly Untold runs 24-26 November at 7.30pm.


Tower Hamlets season website

Our listing for A Season of Bangla Drama

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